Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller recently completed a two-round mock draft for SiriusXM NFL Radio, and there are definite lessons the Chicago Bears and their fans can learn from the mock draft efforts.
First and foremost, Jim Miller is a former Chicago Bears quarterback who no doubt has ties to the organization. If he believes the team is likely to pick a quarterback at #3, there may be some truth to it. Second, if Kirwan and Miller are right, there will be four QBs selected in the first round. The surprise here is Patrick Mahomes, who they have going before DeShone Kizer. Apparently the weakness of this QB class is overstated or ignored. If the Bears want a QB badly, they better not get cute, or they may have to wait a while.
Teams want to trade.
If Miller and Kirwan are to be believed, trades, like winter, are coming. Five or six first round trades are looming, and seemingly everyone wants to move up or down. As stated above, quarterbacks are usually the hot commodity, and they expect the Browns to jump up earlier into the first round to nab their QB of the future.
Considering Kizer crashes to #27 after Mahomes, it would not be shocking to see someone slide up for a QB.
Some team will reach for a QB
If this is the year the Chicago Bears plan on drafting a QB, it may not be in the cards unless they draft one at #3. After the first four QBs jump out of the green room in the first, teams are going to get nervous. Some team will reach for the perceived next best QB. Miller thinks a team like the Cardinals may try to find a Luke Skywalker to their Obi-Wan Kenobi, and reach for Davis Webb in the second. With talent like Obi Melifonwu, Malik McDowell, Evan Engram, and Budda Baker picked shortly thereafter, it’s realistic, but hard to justify the reach. If the Bears skipped a first round QB, they’d be best to wait until the later rounds to find a QB to groom.
Wide Receivers are going to fall.
Even for Chicago Bears’ fans who want defense, defense, defense, it would be pretty amazing to start off the draft with Deshaun Watson and Corey Davis. Only one WR is selected in the first round of their mock draft (Mike Williams), and it’s hard to believe the combination of a WR who ran a 4.22 forty and a guy with the following highlight reel could slip to the second round. If it happens, however, confetti is sure to fly at Halas Hall.
There will be great value at the top of the third round.
If the draft plays out remotely close to how these two predict, the Bears will have a great group of players to select from in the third round.
They could pick a 5T DE like Chris Wormley from Michigan. He’d be an immediate upgrade over Mitch Unrein as an edge-setter. He’d also likely to get more than one sack per season. Wormley could provide the added boost to the front seven that would take some heat off the secondary.
If secondary is a major concern, the Chicago Bears could select FS Marcus Williams out of Utah. He had five interceptions – which were rare in Chicago last year – each of the last two seasons. He also absolutely annihilated the combine, placing in the top five safeties for vertical jump (43.5″), broad jump (129″), 3-cone drill (6.85), and 60yd shuttle (11.26).
In a deep tight end class, the third round might be the sweet spot. Adam Shaheen, Gerald Everett, and Jordan Leggett would all be great additions to the team. Every rookie QB needs a best friend TE, and bail out option.
How about a personal protector for Deshaun Watson? Since Florida State’s Roderick Johnson has “telephone poles for arms,” he would probably be an excellent third round pick.
2017 NFL Draft Preparation
The NFL Draft is just about a week away, and if this mock from Miller and Kirwan is remotely realistic, the Chicago Bears will have some very interesting decisions to make. They should prepare for every trade scenario, and think hard about how the league’s QB needs will alter the draft.